Last week, Followmont Transport CEO Mark Tobin took part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, raising close to $100,000 to support Australians in need.
This is the second time Tobin has participated in the CEO Sleepout, which has raised millions of dollars for Vinnies’ homelessness services.
According to Vinnie’s, over 122,000 people are experiencing homelessness every night in Australia.
This year, 1490 CEOs and business leaders took part in the CEO Sleepout on Thursday June 22, raising a grand total of $8,426,900.
Tobin raised $97,496, placing him in sixth place on the national CEO Sleepout Leaderboard – and surpassing his goal of $75,000.
Of that total, over $34,000 was raised when Tobin took to the dunk tank, where Followmont employees tried their hand at hitting the target.
“I participated in the CEO Sleepout and the realities of homelessness hit home. You’re cold, you’re hungry, you can’t get comfortable, you don’t sleep, it’s dead quiet and it’s lonely. And that’s just one night. Imagine spending every night like this,” said Tobin.
“It’s something I can’t even fathom and my heart goes out to anyone who is faced with this reality.”
He thanked everyone who had donated to the cause. “I’m absolutely blown away by your support and generosity and hope that every person knows they have contributed to a fantastic cause, helping to change the course of someone’s life. Thank you for helping me make a difference,” he said.